Music >> Artists >> Christian & Gospel

Welcome to the New, MercyMe

MercyMe

November 30th, -0001

Formed:
August, 1994 in Greenville, TX

Genre:
Christian & Gospel

Years Active:
'90s, '00s, '10s






MercyMe

Biography

Although praise & worship band MercyMe was founded in 1994, vocalist Bart Millard says that the group's birth was a process God began in him during high school. Millard recalls, "My dad and my older brother were both football players. So naturally, that's what I wanted to do as well. But I broke both my ankles in a high school football game and that ended my career." Due to the injury, Millard was left with an elective class to fill and reluctantly joined the only available option: choir. With the prodding of his choir director, he was soon actively involved. During Millard's first semester in college, he was faced with the death of his father to cancer. The loss caused him to look for a change and a fresh start. Millard's youth pastor, who had recently moved from Millard's hometown of Greenville, Texas to Lakeland, Florida, invited him to work with the youth praise band. He accepted the offer and moved at the end of his freshman year of college. Millard says that the praise band involvement marked "the first time I had ever done anything with a band — just a local youth group who played for a Wednesday night service. But I fell in love with it immediately.". Although praise & worship band MercyMe was founded in 1994, vocalist Bart Millard says that the group's birth was a process God began in him during high school. Millard recalls, "My dad and my older brother were both football players. So naturally, that's what I wanted to do as well. But I broke both my ankles in a high school football game and that ended my career." Due to the injury, Millard was left with an elective class to fill and reluctantly joined the only available option: choir. With the prodding of his choir director, he was soon actively involved. During Millard's first semester in college, he was faced with the death of his father to cancer. The loss caused him to look for a change and a fresh start. Millard's youth pastor, who had recently moved from Millard's hometown of Greenville, Texas to Lakeland, Florida, invited him to work with the youth praise band. He accepted the offer and moved at the end of his freshman year of college. Millard says that the praise band involvement marked "the first time I had ever done anything with a band — just a local youth group who played for a Wednesday night service. But I fell in love with it immediately."

It wasn't long after that Millard became friends with keyboardist Jim Bryson. In the summer of 1994, the two traveled to Europe as part of a praise team. The trip caused Millard and Bryson to consider full-time music ministry. In August of 1994, guitarist Mike Scheuchzer made the duo a trio. The three, who had moved to Oklahoma City, formed MercyMe. From there the group began to attract local promoters and found themselves opening for Audio Adrenaline. Following this, the band moved to Nashville and then to Texas. Their concerts grew to 200 dates per year. Bassist Nathan Cochran and percussionist Robby Shaffer joined the group, turning it from a trio into a five-member band. MercyMe, with six independent projects to their credit, signed with INO Records and released Almost There in August 2001. Thanks to the Dove Award-winning single "I Can Only Imagine," it topped the Christian charts, made the Top 40 in the overall album charts, and eventually went platinum.

A rootsier album, Spoken For, followed in 2002 and also performed well on the charts; it also earned the band three more Dove Awards. In 2003, veteran Christian rocker Barry Graul of Whitecross joined the band as a second guitarist. MercyMe's third album Undone followed one year later, and again earned the group commercial and chart success; in addition to further action on the Christian and album charts, MercyMe singles "Here with Me" and "Homesick" earned play on adult contemporary radio, marking a new frontier for the band. The Christmas Sessions appeared in the fall of 2005, and the band's fourth album Coming Up to Breathe arrived in April 2006. With a sharper sound less indebted to soft rock, it earned raves from critics and still charted at number 13 on Billboard's album charts. The church-focused All That Is Within Me appeared in 2007, and also broke into the Top 20 of the album charts.

The best-of 10 followed in 2009, and MercyMe recorded a concept album titled The Generous Mr. Lovewell for their sixth studio LP. It earned critical respect and commercial success, including a debut at number three on the overall album charts and three number one singles on the Christian chart ("All of Creation," "Beautiful," and "Move"). In 2012, The Hurt & the Healer followed, peaking at number seven on the charts and earning more critical acclaim. Eighth proper album Welcome to the New was released in April 2014, with a rootsier but danceable sound.

Top Albums

Welcome to the New, MercyMe
1. Welcome to t..
The Generous Mr. Lovewell, MercyMe
2. The Generous..
The Hurt & The Healer, MercyMe
3. The Hurt &am..
The Christmas Sessions, MercyMe
4. The Christma..
All That Is Within Me, MercyMe
5. All That Is ..
Almost There, MercyMe
6. Almost There
10 (Deluxe Version), MercyMe
7. 10 (Deluxe V..
iTunes Originals: MercyMe, MercyMe
8. iTunes Origi..
Spoken For, MercyMe
9. Spoken For
The Worship Sessions, MercyMe
10. The Worship ..
Coming Up to Breathe (Acoustic), MercyMe
11. Coming Up to..
Undone, MercyMe
12. Undone
I Can Only Imagine - EP, MercyMe
13. I Can Only I..
Coming Up to Breathe, MercyMe
14. Coming Up to..
Almost There (Platinum Edition), MercyMe
15. Almost There..
Word of God Speak (As Made Popular by MercyMe) [Performance Track] - EP, MercyMe
16. Word of God ..
Finally Home - EP, MercyMe
17. Finally Home..
Bring the Rain - EP, MercyMe
18. Bring the Ra..
The Hurt & the Healer (Performance Tracks) - EP, MercyMe
19. The Hurt &am..
Homesick - EP, MercyMe
20. Homesick - E..

Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
ShakeWelcome to the New3:13$1.29
2.
I Can Only ImagineAlmost There4:08$1.29
3.
You Are I AmHurt & The Healer4:20$0.69
4.
GreaterWelcome to the New4:07$1.29
5.
Finish What He StartedWelcome to the New4:28$1.29
6.
Welcome To the NewWelcome to the New3:19$1.29
7.
Dear Younger MeWelcome to the New3:26$1.29
8.
Hurt & The HealerHurt & The Healer4:50$0.69
9.
Word of God SpeakiTunes Originals: MercyMe3:07$1.29
10.
Wishful ThinkingWelcome to the New4:52$1.29
11.
BeautifulGenerous Mr. Lovewell4:21$1.29
12.
MoveGenerous Mr. Lovewell2:57$1.29
13.
New Lease On LifeWelcome to the New3:02$1.29
14.
FlawlessWelcome to the New4:15$1.29
15.
Burn Baby BurnWelcome to the New3:51$1.29
16.
Gotta Let It GoWelcome to the New2:58$1.29
17.
All of CreationGenerous Mr. Lovewell3:56$1.29
18.
God With UsAll That Is Within Me5:52$1.29
19.
Word of God SpeakSpoken For3:07$1.29
20.
Finally HomeAll That Is Within Me3:30$1.29
21.
HomesickiTunes Originals: MercyMe3:38$1.29
22.
Bring the RainComing Up to Breathe (Acous..5:21$1.29
23.
I Can Only Imagine (iTunes Originals..iTunes Originals: MercyMe4:11$1.29
24.
You ReignAll That Is Within Me3:50$1.29
25.
Here With MeiTunes Originals: MercyMe4:10$1.29

Top Music Videos

Shake, MercyMe
1. Shake
I Can Only Imagine, MercyMe
2. I Can Only Im...
I Can Only Imagine, MercyMe
3. I Can Only Im...
I Can Only Imagine (Live In Hawaii), MercyMe
4. I Can Only Im...
Bring the Rain (Live In Hawaii), MercyMe
5. Bring the Rai...
I Can Only Imagine, MercyMe
6. I Can Only Im...
You Reign, MercyMe
7. You Reign
So Long Self, MercyMe
8. So Long Self
God With Us, MercyMe
9. God With Us
Shake, MercyMe
10. Shake
Finally Home, MercyMe
11. Finally Home
All That Is Within Me Press Kit
12. All That Is W...
I Can Only Imagine, MercyMe
13. I Can Only Im...
Bring the Rain (Live In Hawaii), MercyMe
14. Bring the Rai...
I Can Only Imagine (Live In Hawaii), MercyMe
15. I Can Only Im...
In the Studio With the Generous Mr. Lovewell, MercyMe
16. In the Studio...
Gospel Music Channel's Faith & Fame - MercyMe, MercyMe
17. Gospel Music ...
The Story Behind 'I Can Only Imagine', MercyMe
18. The Story Beh...


Comments



US iTunes, App Store, iBookstore, and Mac App Store
US iTunes, App Store, iBookstore, and Mac App Store

Become a fan of the Show Up Music on Facebook for exclusive offers, the inside scoop on latest and most exclusive music albums, singles and videos.